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Officials: Virus outbreak should pause Carver County sports

Added 03-05-21 08:03:02pm EST - “Minnesota Health officials said Friday they are recommending a two-week pause on youth sports in Carver County after experiencing a recent outbreak of a variant of the COVID-19 virus.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Officials: Virus outbreak should pause Carver County sports”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Health officials said Friday they are recommending a two-week pause on youth sports in Carver County after experiencing a recent outbreak of a variant of the COVID-19 virus.

Since late January, Carver County has recorded at least 68 cases of the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, health officials said. Those cases have been linked to sports, including hockey, wrestling, basketball, alpine skiing and others.

The number of cases linked to Carver County gyms and fitness centers has increased. Also, health department data shows that from Feb. 24 through Thursday, there was a 62% increase in cases in the county.

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“We are making progress in the effort to end this pandemic, but we need all Minnesotans to keep up their guard until the work is done,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “The variants circulating now present added risk that we may see another surge in cases and we need everyone to do their part to prevent that from happening.”

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